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HOME MORTGAGES COMMON! EAST Majority in New York State Encumbered in Some Manner. In New York and four other East ern States there are more mortgaged homes occupied by owners than those with no incumbrance, while in prac tically the entire balance of the coun try the majority of owner occupancy us free and clear of mortgage. This is revealed in a survey by ‘he American Bond and Mortgage Co., the results of which have just been made public. “In checking up mortgage loan conditions,” says W. J. Moore, president of the company, “we find that in all of the States excepting New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Mas sachusetts, Rhode Island tind North Dakota, there are far more homes free of debt than there are dwellings carrying mortgages. "The figures refer to homes occu pied by owners and show that, taking the country as a whole, 42 per cent of such structures ara mortgaged. Iri the States cited, however, the per centages are much higher and com pare as follows: New York. 52 per cent; New Jersey. 62 per cent; Con necticut. 61 per cent; Massachusetts, 57 per cent: Rhode Island, 51 per *<olll, and North Dakota, 53 per cent. Not Prosperity Reflection. “The fact that the high ratios of t mortgaged ownership prevail almost ! entirely in the Eastern seaboard ter ritory is surprising, but it should not be taken to indicate a lack of pros perity or unwarranted extravagance based on a sectional attempt at ‘keep ing up with the Jones family.’ "Since these States are. for the most part, the richest in the Union, it is probable that the prevalence of loans reflects the progressive spirit of the residents who evidently prefer paying mortgage interest to collecting rent receipts. Therefore, they assume an obligation that apparently is shunned in other parts of the country. "Florida and Kentucky have only 22 uer cent of their homes mortgaged, while for Alabama the figure is 31 per cent; in New Mexico it is only 17 per cent, which State seems to have the smallest proportionate number of encumbered homes.” Probably the only large city in the United States named by a woman is "Dallas, Tex. When the first settle ment was made there a prize of a building lot was offered for the most suitable name to he bestowed upon the future metropolis of the Southwest. The prize was won by jkti. Martha Gil bert, wife of one of the pioneers, who suggested that the place he named Dallas in honor of George M. Dallas, the then Vice President of the United | States. Unique Indeed! Are These Shapiro Superior Homes In a Neighborhood of Distinctive Refinement Eight Rooms Three Baths Cold Storage Built-in-Garage Cedar Closet Large Attic Spacious Lawns Exhibit Home 2725 Woodley Place Furnished by Palais Royal Open Every Day Until 9 P.M. TO INSPECT—One-half Mark east from Conn. Ave. and Cahert St. Bridge to Woodley Place • 919 15th Street Owners Franklin 114 ft .A EDGEMOOR BY COL. F. W. COLEMAN, Finance Dept., U. S. Army. ¥ have been asked why I selected Edgemoor, Md., ; for a suburban residence. The answer is simple— (a) —Because it is the best located and choic est suburban section near Washington; (b) —Because, in my estimation, land values in EDGEMOOR. Md., will continue to increase v with the rapid development of that section on account of its location and accessibility, and will be last to react from any possible future real estate * depression; (c) —Because the community life, which cen | ters in the EDGEMOOR Club, has a most whole ; some and delightful atmosphere, and one refresh ing to live in with such congenial neighbors as we | are fortunate enough to have; (d) —Because, with all the above assets and * desirable features of country life, I can leave my breakfast table and be in my office in Washington, D. C., in 25 minutes, and upon completion of my \ dav*s work can be swimming in the EDGEMOOR Club pool within 30 minutes after leaving my office. MADDUX, MARSHALL, MOSS & MALLORY 1108 16th St. N.W, (Incorporated) Main 8970 REAL ESTATE. BIG SUMMER BUILDING ACTIVITIES IN PROSPECT (Continued from Seventeenth Page ) tion of the country exhibited an in crease over the corresponding period of 1924. The East. 103 cities report ing, gained 56 per cent: the Central, 116 cities, 19 per cent: the Pacific West, 79 cities, 16 per cent; the South, 67 cities, 9 per cent. The total for the 365 cities tvas §457,169,969, an increase over April, 1924, of §112,073,044. Twenty-one of the 25 leading cities in point of building operations showed substantial gains, making the gain for the entire group 49 per cent ahead of last April. New York City, which for several months had been slowing down so rapidly that the gains for the rest of the country were submerged, dis played a remarkable change in tend encies. The increase over April a year ago was 113 per cent, each of the five boroughs participating in the surprising revival. Chicago I p 33 Per Cent. Chicago had a gain of 33 per cent and Philadelphia 11 per cent. St. Louis made a gain of more than 223 per cent. Washington, with an 86 per cent increase, held eighth posi tion. Baltimore had a gain of 57 per cent: Seattle, 140 per cent; St. Paul, 199 per cent, and Rochester, 115 per cent. Yonkers, N. Y„ carried off all the honors for monthly gains, exhibiting an increase of 435 per cent. Except for marked downward fluc tuations in steel, April building ma terial prices remained fairly well sus tained at levels established in March. The break in steel was characteristic of all centers and was largely due to the excessive production in the in dustry since *the beginning of the year. In fact it is reported that dur ing April, steel operations dropped to 77 per cent of capacity as compared with 92 per cent in March. Lumber was quoted slightly lower in both the Pittsburgh and Dallas markets and lime and plaster were down in Louis ville. Other changes were mixed and isolated. The labor situation was well stabil ized, with important wage questions generally out of the way for the time being. In a number of cities long term agreements at the former rates were negotiated. Many of these are not terminating until 1927 and 1928, which is expected to have a salutary effect on the industry. There were only a few isolated cases of labor trouble, A Salesman —who will devote his entire time to nellinjf homes of the better nrracle is offered a connection with a real estate firm with over a third of a century of experience. An inoome exceeilingr $5,000 a year is assured the man who can qualify. Auto es sential. Address Box 103-You Star Office THE EVENING STAR, WASHINGTON, D. C., SATURDAY. MAY 16. 1925. EXPERTS TO PASS ON ETHYLGAS USE Will Study Motor Fuel as Al leged Health Menace at Meeting Here. A conference will be held here May 20 of prominent Government and coi ege authorities, representatives of leading scientific organizations and public health officials to determine whether there is a danger to health through the use of ethyl gas as motor file! Burg. Gen. dimming. Public Health Service, will preside. Experts on industrial hygiene, physi ology and public health from Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Yale nnd the uni versities of Wisconsin and Ohio, and the health commissioners of New sork, Chicago, Philadelphia and De troit, and State and provincial health officers have been invited to attend the conference, at which the Bureau of Mines, the Chemical Warfare Serv ice, the Navy Bureau of Aeronautics and the Bureau of Chemistry of the Department of Agriculture also will be represented. Wide Interest Shown. Dr. W. Gilman Thompson of New York, chairman of the medical experi mental committee of the Ethyl Gas Corporation, will We part and the following have agreed to send repre sentatives: The American Federation of Labor, Standard Oil Co. of New Jersey. Na tional Research Council, American Automobile Association, American Chemical Society, American Petro leum Institute, Academy of Medicine of New York, Society of Automotive Engineers, National Safety Council, Workers Health Bureau of New York, E. I. du Pont De Nemours <)* Co. of Wilmington. Del.; American Electrical Chemical Society and American In stitute of Chemical Engineers. I Have YOU Seen Them? § Newly Completed Detached Homes West Chevy Chase Heights | ■ §R Values to Be Appreciated by Thrifty People a *6,975 to *7,975 | SI,OOO Down; Balance Monthly g| Exceptionally well built—open brick gig 'Bps. fireplaces, hot-water heat. gas. electricity, iB j water, sewerage, concrete cellar under en- 13 I r<7 ’ y tire house, front and rear porches. Five §g| j « DIRECTIONS S rooms and bath with large attic. I | THOMAS E. HAMPTON | g and north on JJ. JJ Rockville Pike Owner and Builder JJ two squares KjPfgV 3 titVgJS: e%, Tel - B «‘hesda 244 6622 Ist STREET TAKOMA PARK, D. C. This home is a duplicate of 300 Eastern Ave. which we just sold. We consider it the most beautiful and best constructed seven-room bungalow we have ever had the pleasure of offering to the buying public. OPEN SUNDAY FOR YOUR INSPEC TION and every evening except Friday from 6 until 9 o’clock until sold. ' i|d BUILT AND PLANNED BY A |j 1 WOMAN. AND A WOMANS TASTF. IS EVIDENT IN EVERY FINE FEATURE OF THIS LOVELY AND BEAUTIFULLY C O N S T R U C TED HOME. i The living room is largo and bright. On eithpr sidp of thp open fireplace arp built-in bookcases and writing desks, lighted from above hv two decorative windows. A beautiful archway invites all to enler the din ing room, which, like the living ' room Is trimmed in chestnut. The kitchen is just the right size, with one-piece sink, built-in ironing hoard and built-in refrigerator. A dainty and sunny breakfast room with chairs and table to match the Ivory trim lend an enhancing charm as wpII as practical value. Three full licdrooms. tiled bath with built-in tub and pedestal lavatory, large attic and , j lellsr. laundry trays, and clothes chute. Modem throughout, hard wood floors in every loom. Lot 40 rfret front by 145 feet deep. Plenty of shade; lovely and convenient loca tion. Garage to match. $ „ „ Drive into Takoma Park to the <1 Review & Herald Bldg., across carline jrSbgr [■TIW to 2d street, out 2d to Whittier street vCMS/j and left on Whittier to Ist street— OTJftfw/ turn right to Bungalow. £«•£& MHCEEVER GOSC 1 . 1415 K Street N.W. Main 4752 SEEKS U. S. METHODS. Germany Finds It Necessary to Produce More Foodstuffs. DENVER. Colo., May 16 (/P).—Ger many, faced with the problem of rais ing more food products for her 60,- 000,000 people, is looking to the United States for improved methods to accom plish this objective, Dr. George Kuehne, one of the five members of a commission sent to this country by Germany to study agricultural con ditions, said here yesterday. Dr. Kuehne, who is professor of agri cultural machinery at the Munich Technical Academy, declared that the German farmers must develop more in tensive methods of agriculture and utilize the modern agricultural ma chinery of America. At present Ger many is importing more than 25 per cent of its foodstuffs, he said. It is a strange desire to seek power and to lose liberty. Lamont St N. W. Located on north side, southern exposure, 18th and 19th; unusually desirable tlpree- * story brick, built by Kennedy ■ Bros. Excellent condition, con taining 11 rooms, 3 baths; has gas, electricity; heated by hot water; wide frontage, 23 feet; lot 110 feet to 20-ft. paved alley; 2-car garage. Especial ly priced for quick sale. $18,500 Thomas J. Fisher & Co., Inc. 738 15th St. N.W. Main 6830 NOTABLES PRAISE DIRIGIBIfSWORTH Thirty Leaders Impressed With Los Angeles Perform ance on Test Trip. By the Associated Press. LAKEHURST, N. J., May 16.—The Navy dirigible Los Angeles returned to the flying field last night after a flight over New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware with 30 guests of Bec retary of the Navy Wilbur, having covered a total of 290 miles since it set out at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning. The passengers, many of them BEAUTIFUL WATER-FRONT BUNGALOW I at BAY RIDGE I On Chesapeake Bay * , We offer you the ideal Summer home ideal location in this beautiful new bungalow. 1 follow tile construction, large living room with fireplace, dining room, kitchen, four large bedrooms and two 11! baths. Has hardwood floors throughout, electricity and all modern improvements. Lot is 100 by 250, fronting directly on Chesapeake Lay. Priced at a bargain figure, with easy terms. Open all day Sun day for inspection. Drive down and inspect this wonder!ul property. Beautiful water-front lots SO by 100 feet at reasonable (trices. Write or phone us for illustrated booklet. A new modern hotel will ojien at Bay Ridge June Ist. Make reservations now. Ma'l Coupon for Booklet r> a«.\/*RAII_ JA 1* " ■. t»y Auto Via Marlboro and Annapolis Lanham & Hill, Bay Ridge Realty Corporation (Owners) 1400 H St. 1. W. „ LANHAM & HILL || Nani( . Exclusive Agents Addrc : ; Star) 14C0 H St. N.W. Main 366 ||jj i BUILD THIS SUPERB HOME ! ON YOUR OWN LOT I LEWIS BUILT HOME You can buy all of the Lewis Material for this attractive home on the terms of one-fourth cash and the balance in 36 payments, covering a period of 3 years. Only 6% interest and 4% a year brokerage. We believe that this is the most liberal proposition that has ever been offered by any national concern of the character of the Lewis Manufacturing Company. This is the ideal time to build. Why put it off. See us immediately and let us explain more fully how we can help you to finance your home on the most economical financing plan that has ever yet been provided, it . ‘ ! Call or phone Lewis Homes Service,. No. 1 Thomas Circle; Guy S. Zepp, Manager. Phones, Main 5253 or Main 6790. Lewis Home Service ; GUY S. ZEPP, Manager \ No. 1 Thomas Circle Main 5253 a I I A- prominent In finance, Industry, educa tion and Army and Navy circles, said that the flight had been made without any delay or engine trouble. Many of the guests expressed themselves as convinced by the flight that the lighter-than-air craft was destined to become a valuable asset to the coun try. both from a commercial and mili tary standpoint. MofTalt Praises Result. Rear Admiral Moffatt, chief of the Bureau of Aeronautics, said: “I believe that the Navy has con vinced all of those who made the flight yesterday Shat lighter-than-air craft is highly practicable as an im mediate means of transportation, both of passengers and freight.’* Assistant Secretary of War Davis said: “The airship has been proved an efficient weapon for war purposes, particularly for the Navy, in view of its unlimited cruising range.” Irenee du Pont of the du Pont de Nemours Co., who made his first flight in a lighter-than-air ship, said he was highly impressed with its possibilities. Punch was served while the airship REAL’ ESTATE. IOWA PLANS FIGHT ON GAS TAX EVASION Residents of Border Cities Are Buying in Illinois, Where Fuel Is Free of Levy. By the Associated Pres*. DES MOINES, lowa. May IS.— Wholesale evasion of the gasoline tax law on the lowa-Illinois border yesterday led State Treasurer Ray E. Johnson to take steps to break up the practice of numerous residents of border cities, particularly Daven port. of purchasing their motor fuel in Illinois, where it is not taxed. It was brought into lowa under a clause was flying l>etween Trenton, N. J.. and Easton, Pa. Capt. George Steele, in command of the Los Angeles, said the engines worked perfectly throughout. of the gasoline tax law intended to exempt only tourists or visitors. The activities of the gas tax collec tion division of the State treasury yesterday were confined to the col lection of license numbers of lowans who drove across the free bridge at Davenport, filled their tanks and re turned to this State. Attorney Gen eral Ben G. Gibson indicated in a statement that in his opinion the law offered the treasurer means of recovering tax on the “smuggled" gasoline. Apparently the situation at Daven port is the chief concern of the gas tax division, inasmuch as bridge tolls at other cities adjacent to Illinois will make the smuggling of gasoline unprofitable. The other three border lines will require no attention, for Minnesota, Nebraska. South Dakota and Mis souri all impose gas taxes. When taking medicine from a bottle pour from the side opposite the label. The label will then be kept in good condition in case you wish the bottle refilled.